Sci/tech

Study Links Mercury from Power Plants to Autism
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle

After years of debate about whether a nationwide explosion in autism is related to a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, Texas researchers have found a new suspect: mercury from coal-burning power plants.

Experimental Flock Loses Whooping Crane
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An experimental flock of whooping cranes has lost one of its youngest members to a Florida bobcat but could be on the verge of producing chicks in the wild for the first time.

Stress May Bring Sumatra Quake, Experts Say
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A buildup of stress on faults in Sumatra is likely to trigger another large earthquake -- and potentially another tsunami -- in the Indian Ocean region, seismologists say.

Transporting Food Can Cost the Earth
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

When it comes to food, buying local has been the mantra of environmental groups for years. After all, it's pretty easy to conclude that transporting fruits and vegetables from one side of the globe to the other isn't very good for the planet.

Photos Show Climate Change as Ministers Meet in UK
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world's biggest polluters meet on Tuesday.

Researchers Draw Link Between Second-Hand Smoke and Breast Cancer
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Fouhy, Associated Press

Scientists at an influential state agency have completed a draft report linking second-hand smoke to breast cancer. It is the first major report to draw that connection, and one of many findings about the health effects of passive smoking.

Few Clues on Dolphin Deaths in Florida Keys
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

Biologists are investigating whether sonar used in U.S. Navy submarine exercises or red tide bacteria contributed to the deaths of more than 30 rough-toothed dolphins in a mass stranding in the Florida Keys last week.

Pacific NW Undersea Quakes Intrigue Scientists
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists searched Monday for signs of a volcanic eruption off the Pacific Northwest coast following a swarm of earthquakes that posed little risk of causing a tsunami but could teach them about how the Earth's crust forms.

Energy-Efficient Phone Adapter Scoops EPA Design Award
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

A San Jose circuit maker has been named Grand Champion in the category of Efficiency Challenge 2004, an international design competition for power supply efficiency.

Biologists Fret as Mexico Butterfly Numbers Dive
March 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

A plunge in the number of monarch butterflies migrating from the United States and Canada to Mexican winter colonies has experts worried logging and pesticides are endangering the fragile insects.

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